Overseas Football: Parma end Milan's run

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The Independent Online
MILAN, the Italian champions and runaway Serie A leaders, surrendered their 58-match unbeaten league run yesterday when they lost 1-0 at home to Parma. It was Milan's first league defeat since they lost 2-1 at Bari on 19 May 1991. Faustino Asprilla, the Colombian international forward, struck the only goal with a superbly placed free-kick in the 58th minute against an injury-weakened Milan team.

The previous Serie A record had been set by Fiorentina, who went 40 successive games without defeat in 1955-56. Fabio Capello, the Milan coach, did not share the often-touted belief that his side will be able to play more freely now the record has gone. 'Defeat is never a liberation,' he said. 'I prefer victories which charge you up - but we had to lose eventually'

Milan lead the table by nine points from their city rivals, Internazionale, who won 2-0 at Juventus. .

Paul Gascoigne scored for the second successive game and Giuseppe Signori hit his 20th goal of the season as Lazio drew 2-2 at Atalanta. Gascoigne headed home Signori's free-kick to tie the scores at 1-1 in the first half - but took a knock on the ankle before half-time and was less influential in the second period.

The bottom club Pescara sacked Giovanni Galeone as coach after a 2-1 home defeat by Genoa.

ITALIAN LEAGUE: Atalanta 2 (Rambaudi 10, Ganz 60) Lazio 2 (Gascoigne 29, Signori pen 74); Cagliari 3 (Criniti 32, Moriero 45, Cappioli 62) Brescia 1 (Paganin 85); Foggia 1 (Seno 33) Ancona 0; Juventus 0 Internazionale 2 (Sosa 16, Shalimov 21); Milan 0 Parma 1 (Asprilla 58); Pescara 1 (Palladini (59) Genoa 2 (Iorio 54, vant'Schip 88); Roma 1 (Hassler 61) Napoli 1 (Fonseca pen 71); Sampdoria 2 (Jugovic 44, Mancini 90) Fiorentina 0; Udinese 1 (Sensini 37) Torino 0.

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